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2018- North West


  • Fieldfisher has appointed David Bowcock as head of its corporate team in Manchester.
  • Farleys Solicitors has promoted commercial lawyer Stephen Greenwood to equity partner.
  • Bermans has welcomed Stephen Jarman to its Manchester based corporate team as a partner.
  • Irwin Mitchell has announced that it is launching a will, trust and estate disputes team in Manchester which will be led by senior associate Nazia Nawaz.
  • Excello Law has welcomed commercial litigation specialist Sarah Nolan to the firm’s Liverpool office.
  • Harold Stock & Co has welcomed Scott Turner-Percy as a member of the commercial litigation team.
  • Farleys Solicitors has promoted solicitors Jane Chadwick and Sally Eastwood to associate partners.
  • Roberts Jackson Solicitors has appointed Rachael Charmbury as CEO.
  • Bermans has welcomed solicitor Gareth Farrelly to its litigation team.
  • Birchall Blackburn Law has appointed Leanne Tattam and Robert Jones as associate solicitors.
  • Addleshaw Goddard has announced the appointment of partner Mike O’Connor as head of the firm’s Manchester office.
  • Shoosmiths has announced a number of new partner promotions including Lisa On-lam (real estate).
  • Fieldfisher has recruited Charlotte Round as a banking partner.
  • Irwin Mitchell Private Wealth has appointed Katie McCann as a partner.
  • TLT has hired Jon Hainey as a partner in its commercial services group.
  • Mills & Reeve has promoted four principal associates to partners. In the firm’s Manchester office Paul Knight (commercial) has been promoted.
  • Shoosmiths has announced a number of senior promotions including Hollie Wrigley who has been promoted to senior associate.
  • Brabners LLP has appointed Robert White as its new chief executive officer.
  • Russell & Russell has appointed Richard Thomas as a solicitor in the criminal defence department.
  • Scott Rees & Co. has promoted Benjamin Gill to associate.
  • Your Legal Friend has appointed specialist solicitor Rebecca Thomas to its asbestos team.


  • Addleshaw Goddard has announced the appointment of six partners: Anita Weightman, Paul Barnard, Patrick Duffy, Chris Perrin, Tony Weightman and Emily Williams.
  • Fieldfisher has recruited medical negligence lawyer Jenny Urwin.
  • McAlister Family Law has expanded with the appointment of Chris Fairhurst as a partner.
  • Bromleys Solicitors LLP has announced that Olivia Bell has been promoted to partner.
  • Gateley plc has appointed Louise Ilhan as legal director in its residential development team.
  • Ward Hadaway has welcomed newly-qualified Jodi Seddon to its family team in Manchester.
  • The Manchester office of Leigh Day has appointed solicitor Colin Murphy to its travel team.
  • Birchall Blackburn has appointed lawyer Quentin Underhill to lead its serious injury team.
  • Butcher & Barlow has welcomed solicitor Rachel Martin to the commercial team.
  • FDR Law has appointed Mark Lockett as CEO
  • Irwin Mitchell has announced that family lawyer Ros Bever has been appointed as regional managing partner.
  • Myerson has welcomed property litigation specialist Sean Hackett.
  • Browne Jacobson has appointed Paula Hamer as an associate.
  • Stowe Family Law LLP has appointed Sarah Snow to lead the firm’s new Manchester office.
  • HRC Law has appointed solicitor Sarah Milligan to its property department.
  • Potter Rees Dolan has promoted five new partners: Lesley Herbertson, Gill Edwards and Helen Shaw, Jeanne Evans and Gary Herbert.
  • Clough & Willis has appointed Nicola Finbow as head of its private client department.
  • Hall Brown Family Law has welcomed solicitor Judith Showman to the firm.


  • Addleshaw Goddard has announced the appointment of construction specialists Paul O’Kane and Paul Barge as well as property partners from Irwin Mitchell.
  • TLT has expanded its employment, pensions and incentives group with the appointment of Paula Cole to its Manchester office.
  • Napthens has welcomed Jon Esner as a corporate partner and head of the commercial contracts team.
  • JMW has promoted Ruth McCarthy to head of real estate.
  • Napthens has welcomed solicitor Daniel Coll to its commercial property team in Kendal.
  • KBL Solicitors has welcomed solicitor Emma Green to its private client department.
  • Browne Jacobson has appointed partner Mike Mousdale.
  • SAS Daniels has promoted corporate lawyer Paul Tyrer to partner.
  • Morecrofts Solicitors has recruited conveyancing solicitor Alison Love to the firm.
  • Cullimore Dutton Solicitors has appointed commercial property solicitor Rachel Phillips as head of its commercial property department.
  • Lanyon Bowdler has appointed newly-qualified solicitor Kelly Stant to its clinical negligence team.
  • Woodcocks Haworth & Nuttall Solicitors has recruited Taibah Khan to head up its new education service.
  • HRC Law has made three senior appointments to its employment team. Jo Handler joins the team as an associate, Siobhan Howard-Palmer joins from an in-house role and Heena Kapadi joins as a solicitor.


  • Burnetts Solicitors has promoted James Johnston to partner.
  • Irwin Mitchell has made a number of promotions. The new associates are Ailsa Anderson (commercial litigation), David Wright (costs), Christine McClenaghan (residential property), Tim Cotgreave (operations) and Neil Patterson (Ascent). The senior associates are Hannah Saxe (family), Amanda Marsh (military) , Cheryl Palmer-Hughes (international personal injury), Richard Biggs, Matthew Garson, Keith Cundall, (serious injury), Shilpi Jairath and Adele Lomas (Ascent).
  • McAlister Family Law has appointed family law solicitor Charlotte Percy as an associate.
  • Swayne Johnson has appointed Claire Sumner to head up the commercial and travel section.
  • Oliver & Co has appointed Rhiannon White as a new family solicitor.
  • Vincents Solicitors has appointed Claire Hamilton to lead its Chorley office.
  • Hill Dickinson has announced the appointment of Gavin Jones as a partner
  • Fieldfisher’s Manchester office has promoted Donall Caherty to partner.
  • Mills & Reeve has confirmed the appointment of Mike Edge as a partner in the Manchester office.
  • Brabners LLP has announced that Nik White has been appointed managing partner
  • Appleyard Lees has appointed Bill Lister as a partner in its Manchester office.
  • Nigel Crebbin has joined the HR and employment team at Burnetts solicitors as a partner.
  • James Allison, Napthens’ head of real estate, has taken over from James Todhunter
  • Trowers & Hamlins has announced that it will be retaining six out of seven trainees who are qualifying this spring,including Ellie O’Sullivan and Penelope Salih
  • Forbes solicitors has appointed Oliver Burton as its new chief executive officer.
  • Freeths in Manchester has appointed Jill Carey as a director
  • Harrison Drury has made five promotions Daniel Boulton and Hannah Hughes have been promoted to senior associate . James Robbins becomes senior associate, Sarah Astley has been promoted to associate. Meanwhile, Kerry Southworth, has been promoted.
  • Solicitor Natalie Parkinson has joined Napthens’ employment team
  • Gorvins solicitors has promoted Tasoula Addison to senior associate.
  • Emily Jordan has qualified as a solicitor at Fiona Bruce LLP
  • Linder Myers has appointed Chris Davies as marketing director.


  • Squire Patton Boggs has welcomed Kerry Lee as a partner in the intellectual property & technology practice.
  • Fieldfisher has appointed two new partners; Liam Buckley and Simon Taylor.
  • Forbes Solicitors has promoted Justine Hunkins to partner in the housing and regeneration team.
  • Irwin Mitchell has appointed two corporate partners; Adam Kaucher and Victoria Zivkovic.
  • Davis Blank Furniss has appointed Matthew Handley as an assistant solicitor in the family team.
  • Turner Parkinson has appointed Martin March as a director.
  • Commercial property specialist Victoria Jones has joined Excello Law.
  • Butcher & Barlow has welcomed property litigator James Holton to the firm.
  • Burnetts Solicitors has appointed Rachael Stephenson as a senior associate in the wills, probate and trusts team.
  • Farleys Solicitors has announced that Jenny Goodwin has qualified into the corporate team and Rebecca Woollam into the personal injury department. Meanwhile, the firm has appointed solicitors Natasha Higgins and Devora Brown, who join the insolvency and commercial property departments respectively.
  • HRC Law has welcomed paralegal Joe Rogers to its corporate and commercial team.
  • Chris Longbottom has joined Clarke Willmott’s office to head up the firm’s family sector.
  • Hilary Meredith Solicitors has welcomed solicitor Susan Healey to the firm.
  • Oglethorpe Sturton Gillibrand has announced that Lara McIntosh has qualified as a solicitor after successfully completing her training contract with the firm.
  • Brabners LLP has appointed two intellectual property professionals. Associate Hannah Fawcett is a dual-qualified intellectual property solicitor whilst Amy Pilkington is trade mark and patent administrator.
  • Employment law adviser Rebekah Lindeman has joined the employment and HR team at Napthens.

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